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The Detroit Area's FIRST Choice for Michigan Concealed Carry Training (CCW/CPL)

12 Jan '18

Online Concealed Carry CCW / CPL Classes for Michigan Residents

Getting your Concealed Pistol CCW/CPL License by taking an online course seems like a convenient way to accomplish the state of Michigan's requirements for obtaining your license.


At Detroit Arms we receive calls on a regular basis from people who have seen an advertisement online and read intriguing statements such as:

"At XYZ Concealed Online we believe every eligible law abiding citizen of the United States should exercise their right to carry. At the core of responsible firearm ownership is commitment to safety. This is why we are proud to offer the 1st step in securing your permit, of educational safety training.

The State of Virginia allows for the issuance of concealed carry permits for both resident and non-resident applicants. This unique state endorsed program requires online (or optional in person) safety training. 

Because of reciprocity laws between states the Virginia concealed carry permit is currently recognized in 28 states. This mean that even if you are not a Virginia resident, if you fulfill the requirements to own and carry (concealed) a firearm according to Virginia state law, you can legally carry (concealed) your firearm in any of the other 28 states recognizing the Virginia permit."

While this sounds intriguing and a great way to get your concealed carry license, IT IS NOT VALID IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN!  

The "training" you receive via these online classes does not qualify under the State of Michigan requirements for training to apply for and receive a Michigan Concealed Carry license.

In order for a Michigan Resident to concealed carry in the state of Michigan, you must have a State of Michigan issued Michigan Concealed Carry License.  The only way for a Michigan resident to receive said license is to take an accredited class, pass and apply for the license.

The best part about these "online classes" is the fact that they lure you in with an easy way to get your license, they have you take their "12 Question Multiple Choice Certification Quiz" and then they collect your money.

Then you receive access to this information:

Michigan is red - meaning, not honored.  You will likely only get this information AFTER you've completed their "course" and paid them.  

It's not their fault you didn't do YOUR homework.  They keep your money - you get nothing but an education in what not to do when trying to obtain a Michigan Concealed Pistol License in the state of Michigan.  

Your training is not valid in Michigan, your training will not be honored in Michigan.  Sorry.

Take your class from an accredited trainer like Detroit Arms and you won't have to worry about wasted energy, time and money.  


Register online at www.DetroitArms.com or call us at 586-598-5300



14 Jun '17

Constitutional Carry in Michigan

A valid Michigan Concealed Carry Permit, also known as a CPL, IS STILL REQUIRED to carry a firearm concealed in the State of Michigan!  No firearms laws have changed.

Please allow us to repeat - CURRENTLY in order to carry a concealed handgun in Michigan you still require a a valid Michigan CPL license.

As of this writing - no new legislation has been signed into law - the set of bills the media has reported on are awaiting Senate consideration as of Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

The content of the bills that have been passed to the Michigan Senate can be found in the links below:





If, and when, these bills are read and passed through the Senate they must then be approved by the Governor in order for them to be signed into law.

There is potentially a long road ahead as the government is typically not in session during the summer months - currently they have a "tentative" meeting dates of July 12th and August 16th, but they also have a long list of other bills that they have been actively working on that take precedence over this new legislation.

Until the new legislation goes through all the hoops - our current gun laws remain unchanged.  At this point, a summary of what you just read is this:

The bills proposing constitutional concealed carry have only passed the Michigan House. They still need to be approved by the Michigan Senate and then signed into law by the Governor.  No one can accurately predict WHEN or even IF that will happen. Carrying concealed without a license is still a felony in Michigan! 

If you are 18 years of age, or older, and have a firearm that is legally registered to you - you may still OPEN carry that firearm, but concealed carry privileges have not yet been granted without obtaining a Michigan CPL.

Don't wait to protect yourself and your loved ones. Detroit Arms offers the Michigan 8-Hour Concealed Carry CCW/CPL Class every week.  You do not need to own a handgun in order to take the class, we provide rental guns at no charge - the ammo is $13.  We only request that you have some prior gun knowledge in order to take the class as safety is paramount.

THIS IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARD GETTING YOUR LICENSE. You must take and pass this class in order to even apply for your CPL license at your local county clerks office.

Take and pass your class and you can get your license in as little as one week! Don't delay...contact Detroit Arms today!  Visit our website at www.DetroitArms.com or call us at 586-598-5300 to register for a class.

19 Mar '17

Constitutional Carry vs. National Reciprocity - Do you know the difference?

Constitutional Carry vs. National Reciprocity

We have had a number of people on the Detroit Arms Facebook page stating that our new President, Donald Trump, is going to immediately sign into law new legislation authorizing concealed carry in all 50 states without a permit, making the need for a Michigan Concealed Pistol License obsolete.

While dreams are nice to have, let’s just reel things back a bit and understand the difference between Constitutional Carry and National Reciprocity and what President Trump spoke about on the campaign trail.

Constitutional Carry already exists in 12 states in our nation. This means that, if you are a resident of their state, and you meet the requirements outlined for ownership of a firearm, that you may carry one without having to obtain a special permit. It does not apply to non-residents; there are often restrictions on areas where concealed carry is still prohibited. As a non-resident visiting a Constitutional Carry state, you would still need to possess a Concealed Carry Permit from a state where they have reciprocity in order to carry concealed in their state.  Other carry restrictions may also apply, depending on the state.

President Donald Trump discussed NATIONAL RECIPROCITY on the campaign trail. There’s a distinct difference between National Reciprocity and Constitutional Carry.

His exact words were: “I have a concealed-carry permit that allows me to carry a concealed weapon. I took the time and the effort to get that permit because the constitutional right to defend yourself doesn't stop at the end of your driveway. That doesn't apply just to me either. It applies to all our driveways or front doors.

That's why I'm very much in favor of making all concealed-carry permits valid in every state. Every state has its own driving test that residents have to pass before becoming licensed to drive. Those tests are different in many states, but once a state licenses you to drive, every other state recognizes that license as valid.

If we can do that for driving--which is a privilege, not a right--then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege. That seems logical to me.” 

Currently, states pick and choose whether or not to offer reciprocity – or honor – concealed pistol licenses issued by other states. The reason for this is that each state has different criteria for what constitutes someone as eligible for a carry license in their state.

Some states require little or no training, which is of concern to states that set strict guidelines for their residents for the training required in order to carry in their state. Currently there is no state issued concealed carry permit that covers all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

National reciprocity will act to streamline the licensing process with the goal of treating Concealed Pistol Licenses much like Drivers Licenses.

Anyone with a concealed weapons license in their home state will also able to legally carry in any other that allows any kind of concealed carry — which is all 50 of them.

So, there you have it folks – the realization that a magic bullet is not forthcoming, and that perhaps going through the process of obtaining your Michigan Concealed Pistol License is still something you should do.

Besides, training is always a good thing – knowing what to do and how to do it is important in any situation. There are laws that must be followed in any use of a firearm, in addition to concealed carry rules, and ignorance of the law is no excuse.

Now, where are my students? Register for your class today at www.DetroitArms.com - use coupon code: GUNS when you do and you’ll get a special “thank you” for having taken the time to read this article! PEACE!!